English language schools should suspend recruitment, Department says

‘Currently too many unknowns and concerns to support any resumption of recruitment activity’

The Department said language schools should return to classroom lessons “without delay” in compliance with public health advice to meet the needs of students already in Ireland who must attend an education institution to receive immigration permission in order to remain in the country. Photograph: iStock

The Department said language schools should return to classroom lessons “without delay” in compliance with public health advice to meet the needs of students already in Ireland who must attend an education institution to receive immigration permission in order to remain in the country. Photograph: iStock

English language schools should suspend the recruitment of international students until 2021, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has recommended.

In a three-page letter sent to language school representative groups as part of talks regarding the sector’s reopening, the Department said it would welcome “a voluntary moratorium” which would put a stop to the enrolling of new international students to English language schools in Ireland.

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